People say sudden plans are the best plan. Yes, It is indeed the best plan. We were gossiping in our home and it was around 11 pm. Certainly my elder brother and my uncle hit a plan that it is the best time to go Cox's Bazar. It will be relaxing and we will chill together. WE are as good as our words. My elder brother bought bus tickets from Shohoz(a online platform) and it costed approximately 2500 BDT per person Dhaka to Cox's Bazar and he confirmed that we are going tomorrow. It was a single deck sleeping couch bus of Green Line bus service. My uncle contacted with a known person of him who works at Hotel The Cox's Today. It was a peak season starts from Mid October to March and in the January of 2019 we went there. We were fortunate that we got 50% discount on hotel booking which costed us 4000 BDT cutting of from 8000 BDT per night. Everything we prepared in that night. I and my younger brother was so excited as it was our first trip in Cox's Bazar.
Now I will give a brief information about Cox's Bazar: Cox’s Bazar is a town on the southeast coast of Bangladesh. It’s known for its very long, sandy beachfront, stretching from Sea Beach in the north to Kolatoli Beach in the south. Aggameda Khyang monastery is home to bronze statues and centuries-old Buddhist manuscripts. South of town, the tropical rainforest of Himchari National Park has waterfalls and many birds. North, sea turtles breed on nearby Sonadia Island. Cox's Bazar is a city, fishing port, tourism center and district headquarters in southeastern Bangladesh. The beach in Cox's Bazar is sandy and has a gentle slope and with an unbroken length of 155 km (96 mile) it is often termed the "longest natural unbroken sea beach" in the world.There many disputes over that claim since the Federal Republic of Brazil has over 4,500 miles of coastline on the South Atlantic which covers sand beaches such Copacabana in the State of Rio de Janeiro. It is located 150 km (93 mi) south of the divisional headquarter of Chittagong. Cox's Bazar is also known by the name Panowa, which translates literally as "yellow flower". Another old name was "Palongkee".
The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company. Cox was appointed Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became Governor of Bengal. He embarked upon the task of rehabilitation and settlement of the Arakanese refugees in the area. Captain Cox died in 1799 before he could finish his work. To commemorate his role in rehabilitation work, a market was established and named Cox's Bazar after him. Unlike many locations in the Indian Subcontinent where place names dating from the colonial period have been changed, Cox's name is still retained in the city he founded.
Today, Cox's Bazar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, although not a major international tourist destination. In 2013, the Bangladesh Government formed the Tourist Police unit to protect local and foreign tourists better, as well as to look after the nature and wildlife in the tourist spots of Cox's Bazar.
The beach is the main attraction of the town. There are several 3 stars and 5 star hotels provide the exclusive beach side area with accessories for the tourist. Visitors in other hotels visit Laboni beach which is the area of the beach closest to the town. Other than the beach there are several places of interest near the town which can easily be visited from the town center.
The very next day at 9 pm we started our tour to our desire destination Cox's Bazar. The service was good and fascinating.
Bus departed at 11 pm from Dhaka to Cox's Bazar. In the morning at 7 am we reached Cox's Bazar. We took a CNG rickshaw to hotel. We reached there in just 10 minutes but we had to wait in the hotel lobby for few hours cause the check in time is 12 pm. So in that gap we went have our breakfast in a nearest restaurant.
We got this couple bed room in just 4000 BDT after getting 50% discount which was awesome comparing to the other hotels. Everything in the room was well decorated and nice.
Our hotel was located 5 minute walking distance from the beach which is really nearest. We Stayed 2 nights in the hotel so they gave us 2 days morning complimentary breakfast. It was buffet breakfast.
After checking into the hotel and spending sometime in the beach we went to have launch in Ranna Ghor restaurant. For having some special Cox's Bazar authentic food.
After completing lunch we came back to hotel and took some rest there before we paid a visit in the hotel pool.
After doing some fun in the pool we went to Himchori.
Himchori Waterfall: The waterfall of Himchori pouring from the green hill looks amazingly beautiful. Its height is about 108 feet and it is located 12 km south of Cox’s Bazar Town and 6 km from the Kalatali beach. But the full waterfall can be enjoyed during the rainy season only.
Himchori National Park: The Himchori Natural Park was established in 1980 which covers a large area. The park is maintained, protected and secured by the government for the tourists. The park has forests, grasslands and trees. Around 58 species of trees, 4 species grasses, 15 species of shrubs, 19 climbers and 21 species of herbs altogether 117 plant species are available here. Moreover, 286 species of birds, 55 species of mammals, 56 species of reptiles and 13 species of amphibians are found in the evergreen forest. And we traveled Inani beach from there.
In the night, we had our dinner at Kolatoli with salmon bbq, squid, octopus which costed 700 BDT. Remember one thing that its all about bargaining. First the fish seller demanded 1500 BDT and ended up selling at price 700 BDT. There are so many fish store so do not be in rush. Take your time, bargain and after buying they will cook it for you.
This is how first day ended. Next day our plan was to go MaheshKhali.
We wake up early in the morning and had our complimentary buffet breakfast in the hotel. You need to go early before 8 am if you want to taste all the foods. After completing breakfast we started our travelling to Maheshkhali at 10 am. From the Jeti ghat we hired a speed boat which costed 1200 BDT.
From Maheshkhali ghat we hired a auto rickshaw to travel every tourist destinations inside Maheshkhali. Maheshkhali Upazila is an administrative area of Chittagong division of Cox’s Bazar district. It is considered as the ‘Vhati Anchol Dwip’ of Cox’s Bazar district. Another key point, it is the only hilly island in Bangladesh. It is also known as Maheshkhali Island or Maheshkhali Dwip. In particular, it became known as Mahesh Khali about 200 years ago. It was named with the name of Buddhist Sen Maheshwar.
The Area of Maheshkhali Upazila is 388.50 sq km. It is 15km away from the Cox’s Bazar district. From the Maheshkhali, Chakaria Upazila on the northeast, Cox’s Bazar Sadar Upazila in the southeast, Kutubdia Ppazila in the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the west. In 1954, Maheshkhali thana was formed. For increasing facilities, on 15 December 1983, Moheskhali thana is upgraded to Upazilla. Maheshkhali Upazila consists of three more small islands including Sonadia, Matarbari and Dhalghata. Now Maheshkhali Upazila consists of 1 municipality and 8 unions. Similarly, the complete administrative activities of Maheshkhali Upazila are under the control of Maheshkhali Police Station. To clarify, Moheshkhali Upazila is under Cox’s Bazar-2 (295 no.) of Bangladesh National Parliament.
Maheshkhali Upazila is 15km away from the Cox’s Bazar district and you have to travel by boat to reach the Upazila. Accordingly, I have already told you that Maheshkhali is the only hilly island in Bangladesh. Adinath Temple is situated in the Moinak hill on this island. It is located in 85.3m high from the sea level. In reality, the artwork of this island attracts visitors. In the month of Falgun, the local people observe the Adinath Fair. There are several Buddhist monasteries, Jalabon and various species of animals. Here you will also see Adinath Mandir, Rakhain Para and Golden Temple in Maheshkhali. If you want, you can also visit Jhaubagan and Charpara Beech. At the time of visiting, you will see the Salt field and the gardens of betel leaf. The reputation of Betel Leaf of Maheshkhali is all over Bangladesh. So, when you are visiting this amazing island, never forget to taste the fresh betel leaf.
We came back at hotel around 3 pm and went to the pool for refreshment. The most enjoying thing was pool in the hotel. The hotel has bar also we went there but did not order anything just checked out hahaha.
Now its time to go home. Like previous day we went for the complimentary buffet breakfast then check out at 10 am from hotel. We spent few time inside the city and had launch at the same restaurant Ranna-Ghor with same dishes.
We came back by Novoair and the air fare was 6000 BDT per person. It is one of the best tour of my life till now. Plane took off at 3 pm and landed at Shahjalal International Airport at 3.45 pm. We reached Dhaka in just 45 minute. It was a happy journey and still mesmerizing. Nostalgia.
Thanks for reading. Happy Travelling.